I have hosted Thanksgiving at my apartment for the past three years, mostly because I intensely dislike the idea of sitting on a crowded Metro-North train for two hours the Wednesday before, hiding behind magazines in order to avoid the people on the train I haven’t seen since high school. We are not a Christmas family. Thanksgiving, with its food and its revelry and the easy familiarity of drinking a nice glass of red wine around 3 p.m. with people I haven’t seen in a year is our tradition.

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

The point of the holiday isn’t to partake of cranberry sauce, which is possibly the best straight-out-of-the-can food there is, but to partake of cranberry sauce across the table from someone you might not ordinarily see or even like all that much. Somebody you know — not some line cook paid $5.50 an hour — has to scrape that cranberry sauce out of the can into a bowl. Otherwise, so help me, it doesn’t count.

Here Is Your Open Thread for the Rest of the Week

We have a Thanksgiving plans roundup after this post, and then we're off for the rest of the week! Feel free to use this thread if you're lonely, or want to talk about something amazing you bought on Black Friday, or how you're avoiding Black Friday. Have a good time, everyone!

The Glitch in the Game

You feel, every year, as if you were playing a game and it's time to collect your ending: "You get the Friendsgiving ending! It's not as good as the At Home With Family and Loving Partner ending, but it's not the Drop Your Kids Off at 24-Hour Daycare and Go to Work ending!" And then they ask for the money. You get your ending and the game says "and now please pay us $600 for plane tickets!"

Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

It’s October! There’s a nip in the air, a gourd on every doorstep, a scarf round every throat. And you know what that means: it’s time to go broke paying for holiday travel. Except maybe not this year. Maybe you can get it together to buy tickets in advance and not have to shell out an extra $300 for the privilege of visiting your Aunt Ellen in Milwaukee and listening to your relatives try to explain Twitter to each other for the fourteen-thousandth time.

We tend think that maybe tickets will get really affordable at the last minute because airlines will get desperate, like bar patrons still lingering on their stools at Last Call. This is a myth. MYTH. According to

For most domestic trips, we found a similar pattern. The worst time to book your trip was the last minute. No big shocker there. The day before was the single worst day, two days before was the second worst, etc. etc. all the way up to 13 days in advance. Our data completely debunks the myth that if you wait until the last minute, there will be big price reductions to take advantage of, as airlines dump empty seats. That simply doesn’t happen, and buying a flight with less than two weeks advance purchase is the last strategy we would recommend.

When is the optimal time, then? So glad you asked:

Wal-Mart Workers Don’t Earn Enough to Cover Thanksgiving Dinner

News this week that a Wal-Mart store in Ohio was holding an employee-to-employee food drive "so Associates in Need can enjoy Thanksgiving dinner," reignited the debate over the low wages Wal-Mart employees earn. More than half of Wal-Mart employees earn less than $25,000 a year, and a slew of labor protests have occurred over the past year. Even Ashton Kutcher got in on it.

Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a 30-minute Meal Break at Kmart Is…

Workers at many Kmarts are forbidden from asking for time off—or, in fact, from calling in sick—over the Thanksgiving holiday.

How Are You Spending Thanksgiving, And What Will You Spend?

We rounded up a bunch of our pals from around the Internet and asked them how they're spending their Thanksgivings.

Monday Check-In

Good morning! How were your holidays and weekends? Let's check in.